Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement in response to the FCC’s vote in favor of regulating the Internet as a utility.
“Today the FCC voted to regulate the Internet like a 1930s era public utility. It is indisputable that re-classifying the Internet in this manner will lead to billions of dollars in new fees and taxes for consumers. More importantly, Title II Net Neutrality is a Trojan horse for a government takeover of the Internet. The courts have already rejected the FCC’s attempts to regulate the Internet. The light touch that has allowed the Internet to prosper will be replaced by a heavy-handed approach that will stifle innovation and hand control over placement of content to the government.
“Now that the FCC has voted to approve the Obama Internet plan, the American people will get to find out what’s in it. I look forward to reviewing the President’s 300-page plan when it is made public. As the Wall Street Journal noted, while the FCC conducted an open notice and comment period, Obama aides secretly gathered Internet activists behind closed doors at the White House to write the real rules. The undue influence exerted by the White House has left a cloud hanging over the ‘independent’ FCC and this entire process.
“Unfortunately, the American people are no stranger to being deceived by this Administration (see Politifact 2013 Lie of The Year). The President’s pledge of rules preserving‘openness’sounds eerily similar to‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.’”